UnitingWorld have launched an emergency appeal to support the people of Fiji following Cyclone Winston.
Over 40 people have lost their lives in the devastation, a number which is expected to rise as the clean-up continues. The Methodist Church in Fiji, a partner church of the Uniting Church in Australia, has reported that thousands of homes have been destroyed, leaving tens of thousands of people in immediate need of food, shelter and clothing.
UnitingWorld are asking that Australians keep the people of Fiji in their thoughts and prayers as they begin to respond to the crisis. Donations to the UnitingWorld appeal will be used to support the work of the Methodist Church in Fiji as they provide assistance to those affected.
The World Council of Churches (WCC) has expressed its concern and extended prayers to the people of Fiji. Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the WCC has also written to the Fiji Council of Churches, offering prayers and encouragement to the local churches to be a voice of hope for those who are in pain.
For regular updates and to donate, visit http://www.unitingworld.org.au/announcements/unitingworld-launches-emergency-appeal-to-support-the-people-of-fiji-following-cyclone-winston/.